Sago Mine, West Virginia - 15 March 2006
1. Various of miners at office after their shift
2. Close-up mining equipment
3. Mine office
4. Close-up miners
5. Trucks arriving at mine
6. SOUNDBITE: (english) Ron Grall, miner from Buckhannon, West Virginia
"They was, they was anxious to get back to work and they reassured them that something like this wasn't going to happen again. Inspectors talked to us before we went in and everything was real loose, everyone was real relaxed. Told them to take it easy and try and get back in the swing, you know."
7. Pan of car leaving mine site
Buckhannon, West Virginia - 15 March 2006
8. Close-up ribbon on door
9. Exterior view of Gregory's Barber Shop
10. Various views Jim Gregory and customer
11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Jim Gregory, Barber
"People for the most part, they want to get back with it. Life goes on."
12. Various views deliveries in town
13. Mid view restaurant
14. SOUNDBITE: (English) Mark Hays, Buckhannon resident
"I think the community is healing and we are ready to put it behind us. It is a good thing for the mines to be reopening. It is good for the community and I am confident it will reopen in a safe manner."
15. SOUNDBITE: (English) Linda Stark, resident close to Sago Mine
"I am happy that the mine is reopening and I am sure it will be reopened with extra mindfulness toward the safety precautions and procedures that need to take place."
16. Exterior view of restaurant
With the Sago mine tragedy still fresh in their minds, miners went back underground on Wednesday and started digging coal for the first time since explosion killed 12 of their comrades just ten weeks ago.
The blast had caught the first crews returning to work after the New Year's holiday on 2 January.
Although the owners of the mine, International Coal Group Inc can not yet fully explain what happened, it is believed that electricity from above - probably a lightning strike - had found some conduit into the earth and sparked methane gas that had accumulated in a sealed-off chamber.
According to Ben Hatfield, chief executive officer of International Coal Group Inc, a decision to resume production had been delayed until initial findings which suggested the cause of the January blast could have been lightning had been made known.
The United Mine Workers called the company's announcement of this finding "unprecedented, reckless and premature."
Hatfield said he had also made a promise to the families that lessons would be learned from the disaster, and that coal mines would be made safer.
On Wednesday, nearly all the workers at the mine, which produces 800,000 tons of coal per year, were expected to return to work.
One of them, Ron Grall, completed his shift and pronounced it "a good day."
Buckhannon residents welcomed the reopening of the mine.
Barber Jim Gregory said people in the town mostly wanted to "get back with it" and that the mood was upbeat.
Diners at a local restaurant expressed their confidence that the mine was reopening with safety being made a priority for the mine's owners and operators.
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